Friday, February 12, 2010

Heaven and Hell as us.

If I myself am both heaven and hell, in that through my mind my life can be either heavenly or horrible, then what exactly is the outside world beyond my mind? I think that there can be better and worse situations, and really worse situations, but at what point does the mental framework end and the objective reality begin? This sounds too new agey, like we create everything no matter how horrible our situation is but that's not what I'm getting at.

Instead, I know I've been in situations where my mental state has so clouded everything else that it made it seem worse than it actually was, much worse, and not just for a short period of time but days at time. When the mental state broke and things became less cloudy the situation presented itself as being nowhere near as terrible as I thought, to an extreme degree. When big differences like that pop up it makes you think about just how much of what we perceive of the world around us is just a mental construct, just something that we're imposing on the facts of the situation.

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